When A Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor & illustrated by Nick Sharratt
When a monster is born, there are two possibilities… each episode in this comical story presents a choice between absurd alternatives (“Either it sits quietly and does its homework . . . or it eats the Principal”), followed by an equally absurd–and frequently unexpected– outcome (“If it sites quietly, that’s that. But if it eats the Principal, there are two possibilities…”). A subversive and satisfying take on “What if . . . ?” illustrated in bright pick-me-up colors, When A Monster Is Born will have readers imagining unlikely stories of their own–and laughing out loud.
What Do You Do When A Monster Says Boo? by Hope Vestergaard & illustrated by Maggie Smith
Run rhyming instructions for dealing with monsters.
Frank Was A Monster Who Wanted To Dance by Keith Graves
Frank, a monster, has always wanted to dance. So what does he do? He puts on his hat and his dancing shoes, drops ants in his pants, and heads for the stage. There, Frank dances until his head unzips and his brains flop out on the floor, ’til his arm falls off, and an eyeball rolls out the door. Man, can he dance!
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex
Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! “Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.” It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.
If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & illustrated by Ed Emberley
Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley.
There Was An Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley & illustrated by Ed Emberley
There was an old monster who swallowed a tick I don’t know why he swallowed that tick ‘Cause it made him feel sick! When he swallowed some ants, he danced in his pants. He swallowed a lizard, a bat, a jackal, and a bear. Then he tried to swallow a lion . . . ROAR!–Now that monster is no more! Children will laugh along with the funny text, bright bold illustrations, and delightful song (available on the Scholastic website).
Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they’re ready to show him who’s in charge, they’ll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!